By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 31, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps introduces us to an Ohio man of many talents.


Happy birthday to one of Ohio’s most prolific authors, Zane Grey. 

Born in 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio, he was one of the United States’ most popular authors of adventure stories.  His fascination with the American West was the setting for most of his stories, Riders of the Purple Sage being his best known novel.

Grey played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania and seemed destined for a career in sports, but he only made it to the minor league.  He followed in his father’s chosen path by studying dentistry in college, and that seemed a better financial choice than baseball.

After he moved to California in 1920, Grey began writing articles, short stories, and eventually novels.  He wrote more than 90 books before he died in 1939, many of which were turned into movies.  His magazine short stories and serials made him a household name, so much so that he was one of the first authors to become a millionaire.

Johnson created this Ohio map in 1864, color-coding the counties.

Map of Ohio – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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